• Writing

    Writing Report for May 2019

    by So my word count for May is closer to what I’ve been expecting the “average” month to be: 62.8k. May was a tough month for the day job, with a lot of stuff sucking my energy and time away and our family situation altering a bit as my oldest settles back in to living at home, albeit mostly in his own space in the basement. Average monthly word count for the year is now about 72.7k, and I’m still pretty happy with how the year is shaping up. Accomplishments in May: Plotting: finished the detailed outline level of what might be the first shorter novel (50-ish thousand words) in…

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    Playing Catch Up

    by Spending a little time catching up in the last week. Blog posts that didn’t get edited on schedule, a cover that should have already been designed, internal formatting for a couple of projects that are supposed to become ebooks before summer, and even a couple of serial posts that didn’t get up exactly when they should have. I’m down to just the uploads, Good Reads pages, and web pages for Heroes Inc and Graceland to be back on the track of where I wanted to be with most of my (ridiculous) goals for the year. The only one of the primary goals that isn’t on track is the non-fiction…

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    Writing Report for April 2019

    by So my word count for April is a more reasonable 70k. A little more focus on editing and a few extra non-commuting days as we convert the basement into an apartment for the oldest child I have coming back for the summer who now has an apartment’s worth of stuff rather than just a room’s worth. Average monthly word count for the year is now just over 75k, and this is an overall pace that makes me happy. Pulling that for the whole year would be 900k, and that will be, by far, the best writing year I’ve ever had at the raw number level. Accomplishments in April: Plotting:…

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    Writing Report for March 2019

    by Holy word count, Batman! Going back through my records, this was actually my best month for word count ever, and the first time I’ve ever broken 100,000 words in a month. Distant number 2 was January this year at under 82k, and 3rd place was September last year at a touch over 81k. I know I’ve said my goal is progress rather than word count, but wow. Accomplishments in March: Battlefield: complete at 74.4k, but with a lot of dictation cleanup still to be done. Of course, that’s goes along with the previous two novels in the set, so there’s still a lot of work to be done there.…

  • Publishing

    Book Releases for 2019 Q2

    by The basic plan for the second quarter of this, my first Indie Publishing Year, has a total of 6 things in it: 2 short, 1 long, 1 collection, and 2 fan fiction pieces. In a little more detail: April Turn the World Around, a SF novella coming in at just barely under 35,000 words. Inspired by a particular episode of the Muppet Show. The original Muppet Show. Ebook and probably paperback. Wolves and Sheepdogs, a 5,300 word short story starring Lieutenant Leslie of Star Trek, The Original Series fame. PDF only and only on the fanfic page here. May Heroes Inc, a superhero novel and the first book in…

  • Writing

    Writing Report for February 2019

    by A good month, although a lot lighter than January, mainly due to doing only a little writing, and that by hand, during the vacation trip to (mostly) to Curaçao that was more or less a diary of the trip. 27 writing days out of a possible 28. Groundhog day got missed completely for reasons. Accomplishments in February: Welkiri Corps: now coming in at 49,616 words, and I’ve revised my guess at the word count to 55k. The end is a little farther off than I thought it was, and may still be. We’ll see. Battlefield: is now coming in at 59.6k and I’m still forecasting a 77k first draft…

  • Writing

    Writing Report for January 2019

    by A good beginning to the writing year: 31 writing days out of a possible 31. Accomplishments in January: Welkiri Corps: now coming in at 39,443 words, and I think it’s going to just tick 50k by the time I’m done, although it might be a little lower. I seem to be careening towards the end point right now. Battlefield: just broke the 43k mark today (43,352). Currently forecasting a 77k first draft, which is tighter than usual for a first draft plot for me, drifting only 5k from the original 72k estimate with the 25th (of 46) chapter almost complete. Editing: finished the final draft of Hero’s Life. Hopefully…

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    2019: The Writing Goals

    by I’ve spent the last five months getting my writing back on track, ramping up the editing of drafted material, and prepping for some indie, and hopefully professional, publishing in 2019. Rather than talk about specific projects, even if I’ve got them in mind, I’m going to keep the goals listing very general. I do have a habit of reforecasting and modifying my plans on a regular basis, so I’m going to establish benchmarks here instead of specifics. I’m building my writing Writing Goals Plotting of the four novels I hope to write in 2020. First draft of three novels. Three novels to final draft. 12 Short Stories, which will…